Curve Appeal: It’s A Bit Tricky and Hard to Find, but Still It’s My Most Favourite Lash Curler EVER

by Janine on 15 August 2012 · 26 comments

I love the Shu Uemura lash curler. I love the Shiseido lash curler. I love Sephora’s lash curlers, and M.A.C’s, too. Tweezerman also makes a great one. Chanel’s is so brilliantly CHANEL. And Lancôme’s new Le Curler is a winner. All these are the best at fitting most eye shapes, and all give great curve in just a quick squeeze or two.

But my favourite lash curler in the whole beauty universe is the Laura Mercier by Japonesque Precision Lash Curler. Or the Japonesque Metal Precision Lash Curler, which is pretty much the same but for branding.

Tweezer-like curlers like this are bloody hard to find. Laura Mercier no longer offers the one I have, and Japonesque appears to have replaced theirs with a black plastic scissor-handle version that isn’t nearly so sleek.

This isn’t a curler for the heavily-lashed, by the way. A regular curler is much more efficient if you have a naturally thick fringe. This pinch-to-curl type is for the under-lashed like me, those of us who make do with dainty, fragile little wisps.

It looks tricky, and perhaps it is a little. Using it means adjusting to quite a different technique. At least pinching skin isn’t a foregone occurrence — when the top curved bit is placed comfortably against the top lid, there’s zero danger of ouchies. But it’s still finicky: the bitsy silicone pad slides off to the side when I pinch the curve into my lashes, and sometimes it falls out inside my cosmetics case and sends me into a panic when I don’t find it immediately because it’s the only curler pad I have left.

Nonetheless I love it. I can get a pretty curl from my outermost to innermost lashes. I can tweak a curve partway along. And yes, I use it when in the back of cabs (when they’re stopped at a light or stop sign).

Plus the compact design means the curler slides neatly into a narrow brush slot in the lid of my Benefit Gabbi cosmetics case.

I did try the Shu Uemura Mini Lash Curler to decide whether I can make the jump to that style instead. Mini-Shu works more quickly, but frankly I’m too in love with my compact precision curler to spend much time with it.

Never really popular, lash curlers like these seemed to disappear entirely within a year after my purchasing mine about five years ago. Delineation Hair & Skin Essentials in Toronto used to carry the Japonesque curler, but no more.

Have you ever used one of these types of lash curlers? (Actually, I think Carmindy used to use one, and maybe still does.) Anyone know of a trusty retail source?

Lash curler photos via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR.



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Lindsay 15 August 2012 at 8:04 am

I’ve been lusting after the gold Shu Uemura curler. I use Tweezerman now, which is great, but I just want a gold one. Because I’m fancy like that.


Janine 15 August 2012 at 8:25 am

It’s definitely pretty, the gold one. The black Chanel curler is pretty hot as well…. Maybe you need that one, too?


Kelly G. 15 August 2012 at 11:12 am

I think it’s just plain mean to get us to want a beautiful mini eyelash curler that has been discontinued. Nothing makes me want something more than not being able to get it. Jeez.


Janine 15 August 2012 at 12:59 pm

Sorry, Kelly! I’m hoping to start a new demand for this kind of curler so they become more easily accessible — you with me?


Kelly G. 15 August 2012 at 5:38 pm

OK. I get it. But still, I looked online and couldn’t find it anywhere. Like you said, just that black plastic (ewww) one.


Tracy 15 August 2012 at 11:48 pm

I’ve never seen this before! Pretty cool!


YouLookHotToday 16 August 2012 at 7:56 am

I have a question!

Let’s say I don’t have a “most eye shapes”. What curler do you suppose I should use? Hmm?


Janine 19 August 2012 at 6:02 pm

Actually, You, you’re included in “most eye shapes.” Some lash curlers are curved to fit a rounder eye shape, which doesn’t work so well for almond-esque shapes like ours. The curlers I mention at the top of the post — Shu, Shiseido, Sephora, Tweezerman and Lancôme — all fit my Eurasian eye shape well. Should do well for you too, You. *grin*


Lindsay 20 August 2012 at 8:55 am

Oh. Yes. Probably I do.


Janine 12 September 2012 at 1:42 am

Tweezerman has a gold-coloured lash curler too, btw…


laura 22 August 2012 at 5:26 pm

I LOVE this type of eyelash curler. It’s the only one that I can get right into the outer corners of my eyes and for me that’s the trick to really opening up my eyes. I bought mine at the Alcone store in NYC when I was living there. Should you happen to visit the city, their store is on West 49th. Ask for the Japanese eyelash curler. It’s not Japonesque brand but I would imagine it’s essentially the same. They have an online store but I have no idea whether they ship to Canada or what the associated costs would be.


laura 22 August 2012 at 5:28 pm
Janine 22 August 2012 at 8:39 pm

I knew someone clever would know something about where to get this kind of curler! Makes sense that it’s Japanese or referenced as such. So many of us with Asian heritage have short lashes; this curler is the best way to get at the corners.

Thanks so much, Laura!


Julia 23 August 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Laura and Janine! I just ordered my Prima Japanese Eyelash curler from the Alcone on-line store. And yes they do ship to Canada. Although…I’m sending mine to my trusty Niagara Falls mailbox service. Free shipping!


Janine 24 August 2012 at 4:39 am

Well done! Please let us know how you like it!


Cheryl 11 September 2012 at 3:42 pm

after reading this post I scoured the internet for something similar that would ship to Canada and happened upon the Vitry Precision Mini Eyelash curler. It was 16.95 including free shipping to Canada and it took about 2 weeks to arrive.

I love using it for the inner and outer corners, and I haven’t been able to ‘squish’ my eyelid, despite butting they tool flush to my eyelid when using. The top metal edge is very rounded, so it prevents getting a ‘bent’ curl, haha…
The tool is about 4inches long and it stores beautifully into my ‘travel’ makeup kit which is always sitting in the car. I’m going to buy a few more lash curlers and gift them for the Holiday season..!
Thanks Janine for helping me find a new tool to rave about! I’ve added most of your eyeliners to my makeup routine and have never felt more chic and glam on a shoestring budget!


Janine 12 September 2012 at 1:37 am

Thanks so much for your comment, Cheryl! I’m thrilled you managed to find a source — and what a great idea re: gifts!

One of my favourite parts of your note: “I haven’t been able to ‘squish’ my eyelid….”

And it’s not the budget that counts, it’s what you do with it, right?? xo


Rebecca 22 March 2013 at 5:52 am

Its the precision lash curler for $29. I’m not sure if that’s a good price or not.


Monique 18 April 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi, Love this style of curler, great for when you have already applied the mascara but still need a bit more curl in the corners or even all over. Robert Jones the makeup artist uses them and swears by them. You can buy them on his website click on ‘gotta have it’ :) Always in stock too, everytime I’ve recommended them they have been available.


Janine 18 April 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thanks, Rebecca and Monique!


Sabrah 1 November 2013 at 10:00 pm

Check out the preo/prima Japanese eyelash curler, they also call it a preo individual eyelash curler. But anyway they look exactly like the one you showed above. I also have been looking for this style eyelash curler since I saw a review of the tweezerman corner lash curler online, only problem was they didn’t sell it any where. But from a quick google search I just saw that ebay and amazon had the preo eyelash curler, im gonna further see about it soon. Hope this was helpful.


BooBooNinja 24 July 2014 at 2:46 pm

Is this tweezer-style curler still your go-to precision curler?
I’ve been debating between this one, the new Shu Uemura S-Curler, and the Koji No. 100 curler.


Janine 24 July 2014 at 4:25 pm

This will forever live in my heart as my favourite, BooBooNinja. But I’ve actually stopped using a lash curler for the time being because my new Lancome Grandiose mascara curls my lashes for me, and the curl lasts all day.

The Shu S-Curler looks really promising. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my radar!


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